Season 2 Episode 1

The One with Ross's New Girlfriend

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 21, 1995 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: These things only happen on television. Rachel didn't want the gang to know that she slept with Paolo. We also learn that she "ran into him" at his apartment. Why then wouldn't she sleep with him there rather than bring him back to her own place where people would be bound to find out? Of course, if she'd acted as a normal person would, there'd be no comic situation.

    • Trivia: Interesting that although Phoebe could confuse Dudley Moore and Demi Moore as well as Andie MacDowell and Roddy McDowall, she knew their hairstyles from memory. Of course, if she'd been working from photographs, as one would expect, there would be no confusion, and therefore no comic situation.

    • Goof: After Ross and Julie arrive home from China, Ross says that they need to get some sleep because it is 6 o'clock tomorrow night their time. However, China is only 12 hours ahead and it was nighttime in New York (meaning it would be morning in China).

    • Trivia: Paolo says "Buongiorno a tutti" to the gang, which means "Good Morning to all of you."

    • Continuity: In this episode Joey says that he has been going to the same tailor for 12 years, since he was 15 or 16 years old. This must mean he is about 27 now, and therefore has aged 2 years since "The One with the Birth" where he said he was 25. That was only several months ago.

    • Trivia: When Ross and Rachel are talking out on the balcony, an instrumental variation on the Friends theme song, "I'll be there for you" can be heard.

    • Goof: After Rachel sees Ross with his new girlfriend, she tries to flee the airport and ends up falling over some chairs. Just as she is stepping up onto the chairs, you can briefly see the padded mat she will land on when she falls.

    • Continuity: When Monica tells the rest of the gang that Rachel went to the airport and she was going to go for it with Ross, they all looked surprised, even Chandler. In the last episode of Season 1, however, when Rachel was leaving for the airport, she ran into Chandler in the hall and told him it was "a good going to the airport".

  • Quotes

    • Rachel: (giving flowers to Ross's Chinese girlfriend) These are for you... (talking slowly, assuming she barely speaks English) Welcome to our country...
      Julie: Thank you... (articulating) I'm from New York.

    • Monica: I'm telling you, she went to the airport, and she's gonna go for it with Ross.
      Phoebe: Oh, my God! This is huge! This is bigger than huge! This is like... alright, what's bigger than huge?
      Joey: Um... this?

    • Monica: (realizing) Guys! You got your hair cut!
      Chandler: Yes, yes, we did, thanks to "Vidal Buffay".
      Phoebe: (sounding European) 'Cause, you know, if you don't look good, we don't look good. (laughing) ...I love that voice!

    • Rachel: (bursting into the apartment out of breath) Airport! Airport! Ross... not alone. Julie... arm around her... Cramp... Cramp!
      Chandler: Okay, I think she's trying to tell us something... Quick get the verbs.
      Rachel: (swats Chandler angrily) You... You... You said he liked me! You... You... (seeing Ross and Julie enter the apartment) You, you... slow pokes!
      Ross: That's okay, Rach'. We got the bags.

    • Julie: (meeting the gang) Hi, but I'm not here... you haven't met me. I'll make a much better first impression tomorrow when I don't have twenty hours of cab and plane on me.

    • Rachel: Julie! Julie, isn't that great? I mean, isn't that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, spit-on-your-neck fantastic?
      Monica: (to Julie) It's an expression.

    • Ross: We have to get some sleep. It's really six o'clock tomorrow night our time.
      Chandler: Okay, but don't tell me what happens, 'cause I like to be surprised.

    • Ross: (at Central Perk) Hey, Rachel, can I get some coffee?
      Rachel: Yeah, sure.
      Ross: Thank you.
      Chandler: Hey, Rach', can I get--
      Rachel: (about Ross) Did you talk to him?
      Chandler: Not yet...
      Rachel: Then, no.

    • Ross: (about his obsession with Rachel) There was always this little voice inside that kept saying "It's never gonna happen. Move on". You know whose voice that was?
      Chandler: God?
      Ross: (patting Chandler's arm) It was you, pal.
      Chandler: Well, maybe it was God doing me. Y'know, 'cause... aside from being almighty, He's also... Well, He's a wiz at voices.

    • Chandler: (to Rachel about Ross and Julie) He said, he said... that they're having a great time. I'm sorry. But, the silver lining, if you wanna see it, is that he made the decision all by himself without any outside help, whatsoever.
      Rachel: How is that the silver lining?
      Chandler: You have to really wanna see it.

    • Monica: Pheebs! You know what I'm thinking?
      Phoebe: Oh, okay... (giving it some thought) How... it's been so long since you've had sex, you're wondering if they've changed it?
      (Monica considers Phoebe's guess)
      Phoebe: Not even close?
      Monica: No... Although now that's what I'm thinking.

    • Monica: Well, I was thinking that you gave the guys such great haircuts, I thought, maybe you'd like to do mine?
      Phoebe: Oh... (flatly) No.
      Monica: Why not?
      Phoebe: Because, I'm just, I'm incredibly anal and an unbelievable control freak.
      Monica: No you're not.
      Phoebe: I know I'm not, but you are.

    • Rachel: (about Julie phoning Ross) Excuse me! Who gave her our phone number?
      Phoebe: Okay, well who had the motive? Was it the actor? The chef? The masseuse? Or... was it the guy who's dating her?
      Joey: (excited he knows the answer) Guy who's dating her! Guy who's dating her!

    • Chandler: Hey, anybody know a good tailor?
      Joey: Need some clothes altered?
      Chandler: No-no... I'm just looking for a man to draw on me with chalk.
      Joey: Why don't you go see Frankie? family's been going to him forever. He did my first suit when I was fifteen. No, wait... sixteen. No, excuse me, fifteen. Alright... when was 1990?
      Chandler: (emphatically) Okay, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!!

    • Rachel: Okay, okay, okay. How did this happen to me? How did this happen to me? A week ago, two weeks ago, I was fine. Ross was just Ross. Just this guy. Now he's... (sobbing his name) Ros-s-s! Oh... this really great guy that I can't have...

    • Rachel: (speaking from her partially opened bedroom door) Uh, morning. Do you guys think you could close your eyes for just a sec?
      Joey: No-no-no-no-no... I'm not falling for that again.
      Phoebe: What's going on?
      Rachel: Well, I sort of did a stupid thing last night...
      Chandler: What stupid thing did you do?
      Paolo: (appearing suddenly in the bedroom doorway) Buongiorno a tutti!

    • Monica: (about sleeping with Paolo) Rachel, how did this happen?
      Rachel: I don't know, I just kind of ran into him last night.
      Phoebe: Where?
      Rachel: At his apartment.

    • Ross: Hey, Paolo. What are you doing here?
      Paolo: I do Raquel!

    • Phoebe: (to Paolo) Okay, you're gonna have to not touch my ass.

    • Joey: Hey, Chandler... When you see Frankie, tell him Joey Tribbiani says hello--he'll know what it means.
      Chandler: Are you sure he's gonna be able to crack that code?

    • Monica: You know it's funny, the last time Paolo was here, my hair was so much shorter and cuter.
      Phoebe: Alright, okay... but, but you have to promise that you will not be all like control-y and bossy and "Monica" about it.

    • Frankie: How long do you want the cuffs?
      Chandler: Well, at least as long as I have the pants.

    • Ross: (about Monica's new haircut) How's the hair?
      Phoebe: I'm not gonna lie to you, Ross... it doesn't look good. I put a clip on one side which seems to have stopped the curling...
      Joey: Can we see her?
      Phoebe: Your hair looks too good, I think it would just upset her... Ross, why don't you come on in.

    • Joey: (sympathetically to Rachel) Well, how you doin'?
      Rachel: (faking cheerfulness) I'm okay...
      Joey: Ooh, that bad, huh? Look, I can sense when women are depressed and vulnerable--it's one of my gifts...
      Rachel: Ach! When I saw him get off that plane with her, I really thought I'd just hit rock bottom... But today, it's like there's rock bottom... fifty feet of crap... then me!

    • Joey: I've been with my share of women... In fact, I've been with a lot of people's share of women.

    • Chandler: Joey's tailor... took advantage of me.
      Ross: What?
      Joey: No way! ...I've been going to the guy for twelve years!
      Chandler: Oh, c'mon! He said he was going to do my inseam, then he ran his hand up my leg and then there was definite...
      Ross: What? 
      Chandler: (grimacing) ...cupping.
      Joey: That's how they do pants! First they go up one side, they move it over, then they go up the other side... then they move it back--and then they do the rear. Ross, will you tell him. Isn't that how a tailor measures pants?
      Ross: Yes, yes it is... in prison!!

    • Joey: (to Chandler, still concerned about what his tailor did) Hey... When the doctor does that hernia thing...?
      Chandler: That's okay... If your mechanic does it? (emphatically shakes his head no)

    • Ross: (to Rachel about Paolo) Okay, um well then I think, uh, I think the guy's scum. I mean it, I mean, I actually, I... I physically hate him.

    • Joey: (on the phone) I swear to God, Dad... that's not how they measure pants!

  • Notes

    • International Episode Title:
      Czech Republic: Rossova nová přítelkyně (Ross's New Girlfriend)

    • Beginning this season, the view from Monica's windows has changed, especially from the living room. Instead of several buildings seen at a distance in buff brick with fire escapes, there is now only a single red brick wall, very close and with only a few windows visible. There is also an adjoining wall extending from Monica's balcony, suggesting that Monica's and "Ugly-naked-guy's" apartments are in wings of the same building, separated only by a courtyard.

    • In Season 1, the lower half of Central Perk's main window is frosted glass. Beginning with this episode, it is clear.

    • This is the final appearance of Cosimo Fusco as Paolo. Paolo was in 4 episodes of Friends.

    • This is the first episode with Ross's name in the title.

    • This episode has a new opening sequence, showing clips from Season 1.

    • Starting with this episode, Friends moved from 8:30 to 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

    • This episode runs 23:58 on DVD (a typical sitcom runs about 22:00). Some of the additional dialogue includes Phoebe, Rachel, Monica and Joey arguing over who gave Julie the number to the girls' apartment.

  • Allusions

    • Phoebe reporting to the others on the condition of Monica's hair alludes to a dozen different movies in which a doctor is explaining a patient's condition to family following surgery; especially when the patient has little hope of recovering.

    • Phoebe: Andie MacDowell's the girl from Four Weddings and a Funeral, right?
      Rachel: No. No no no no no. That's Roddy McDowall. Andie MacDowell is the guy from Planet of the Apes.
      Andie MacDowell is an American actress famous for her roles in Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral, a 1994 romantic comedy which the Friends gang had been to see in "The One Where the Monkey Gets Away".
      Roddy McDowall was an English actor, first known to American audiences playing the boy "Huw" in 1941's How Green Was My Valley. He went on to star in over 150 movies and television series including Planet of the Apes, a 1968 sci-fi film.

    • Monica: Demi Moore is not a "he"...
      : Well, he was a "he" in Arthur and in 10.
      Monica: That's "Dudley" Moore!
      Dudley Moore was an English actor and comedian who starred in the 1979 romantic comedy 10, written and directed by Blake Edwards, and the 1981 romantic comedy Arthur, written and directed by Steve Gordon.
      Demi Moore is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, perhaps best known for her appearances in the 1990 supernatural thriller Ghost and the 1992 military drama A Few Good Men.

    • Monica: Even Mary Tyler Moore would've been better!
      Mary Tyler Moore was an Academy Award-nominated American actress and comedienne, perhaps best known for her multiple Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    • Phoebe: And the winner is Ava Gardner...
      Ava Gardner was an Academy Award-nominated American actress who worked in both film and television. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time.

    • Chandler: (to Monica about her "Dudley Moore" haircut) It could be worse... You could get caught between the moon and New York City... I know it's crazy, but it's true.
      Chandler was referring to the theme song from the 1981 comedy, Arthur, starring Dudley Moore. The song is known as "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" and won an Academy Award.

    • Chandler: Yes, yes, we did, thanks to "Vidal Buffay".
      Alludes to Vidal Sassoon, a British/American hair stylist, businessman and philanthropist.